Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

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photo Kavitha Bagavathy, MBBS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director- Critical Care Unit -UPMC Jameson


Phone: 412-692-2210

Office: UPMC Montefiore, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2210
Fax: 412-692-2260
Administrative Assistant:
Judy Nauman
Address: UPMC Montefiore, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-3199
Fax: 412-692-2260
Education and Training
MBBS, Thoothukudi Government Medical College, Tamil Nadu, India, 2009
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut, 2014
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 2017
Research Interest
My research interests predominantly involve quality improvement, clinical applications of pulmonary physiology and I am currently trying to launch a study that looks at bronchoscopy competency evaluation in the fellows and the impact of real time feedback on performance.
I am a member of the patient safety and utilization review committees at UPMC Jameson and this has helped me identify a few potential quality improvement projects.
Clinical Interest
My clinical interests include medical critical care in general, but I am particularly drawn to the management of ARDS and sepsis in the ICU. My other areas of interest include pulmonary vascular disease-VTE/Pulmonary hypertension and Pulmonary infections-especially in the immunocompromised population.
Educational Interest
As a fellow, pulmonary physiology has always been an area that I have been interested in, it was the focus of my research project during my training and I continue to learn something new everyday. As an extension of that, I am currently trying to get more involved in the mechanical ventilation course for the fellows under the mentorship of Dr. Burton Lee. I am also interested in pursuing a track that will help me participate in fellows' curriculum development in the future.
Selected Publications:
Bagavathy, K, Fong, M, Grazette, L, Chen, Z, Baydur, A. Breathing Intolerance Index and Control of Ventilation; A Non-invasive Method for Evaluating Inspiratory Muscle Endurance at Rest and Exercise, in Patients with Cardiomyopathy-One Year Follow-up. J Pulm Resp Med. 2017; 7: 440.
Bagavathy, K, Yaghmour, B. ST-T Wave Changes in Hypocalcemia-Changes Beyond A Prolonged QTc. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017; 195: A1965.
Bagavathy, K, Tran, A, Pallickal, L, Grazette, L, Fong, M, Baydur, A. Breathing Intolerance Index (BIT) in Cardiomyopathy Patients - Understanding Respiratory Muscle Endurance in Response to Exercise with Medical Management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016; 193: A5643.
Bagavathy, K, Ganesh, S. A Case of Tacrolimus Associated Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES) with Hemorrhage - A Rare but Major Complication in Post Lung Transplant Patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016; 193: A3479.
Webb, BJ, Dascomb, K, Stenehjem, E, Vikram, HR, Agrwal, N, Sakata K, Williams, K, Bockorny, B, Bagavathy, K, Mirza, S, Metersky, M, Dean, NC. Derivation and Validation of the Drug Resistance in Pneumonia Clinical Prediction Score. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2015; 60(5): 2652-63.
Habibi, H, Bockorny, B, Bagavathy, K, Senatore, F, Gorusu, M. Epitheliod Hemangioendothelioma Presenting as Malignant Bilary Stricture. J Gastrointest Cancer. 2014; Suppl 1: 275-7.
Bagavathy, K, Qiao, R, Dasgupta, R. Breathtaking Protein-An Interesting Case of Acquired Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis with Emphysematous Changes and Pneumothorax. Chest. 2016; 149(4): A196.
Bagavathy, K, Raju, S, Josephe, R, Kumar, A. Cardiac Tamponade Complicating Purulent Pericarditis due to Community Acquired Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcal Aureus. Conn Med. 2014; Mar;78(3): 163-5.
Bagavathy, K, Habibi, H, Raju, S, Mcardle, J. A Columbus Tale-A Case of Primary Lung Adenocarcinoma with Unique Histochemical Features that was Discovered during the Workup of a Suspicious Pelvic Mass. CHEST. 2013; 144(4): 627A.
Raju, S, Bagavathy, K, Joseph, R, Grover, P. A Case of Extramedullary Acute Myeloid Leukemia Presenting with Pulmonary Infiltrates. CHEST. 2013; 144(4): 626a.
Notable Achievements
The Om P. Sharma Clinical Excellence Award-Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, University of Southern California, 2017
Abstract Scholarship Award - American Thoracic Society, Assembly of Pulmonary Circulation, 2016
Fellow of the Month - University of Southern California, 2016
Pamela Kisluk Spirit Award - Department of Internal Medicine, University of Connecticut, 2013